Marvel Makes A Stunning Slate of Announcements

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Last week, Disney held its annual Investor Day--the day where it shows off upcoming projects to educate viewers on the direction the company is moving. There were some huge announcements at this event for all of Disney’s properties: four more seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, animated Disney+ shows galore, some truly incredible Star Wars news. But what I want to talk about right here are the shows and movies coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

First and foremost, there were some new details about previously-announced projects. Captain Marvel 2 will feature both Ms. Marvel and Monica Rambeau. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will have heavy ties to both WandaVision and, interestingly, the next Spider-Man film. Tim Roth will reprise his role as Abomination in the She-Hulk series, which will also feature an appearance by Mark Ruffalo. All exciting stuff!

Now, let’s talk about the brand-new stuff, because oh man, it gets very good very fast.

There’s going to be a slew of new Marvel shows coming to Disney+. Armor Wars will feature Don Cheadle’s Rhodey (also known as War Machine) facing down some Stark tech that has fallen into the wrong hands, while Ironheart will introduce viewers to Riri Williams (played by Dominique Thorne), a young inventor who creates a suit of armor not dissimilar to Iron Man’s. I find it interesting that there are two separate shows coming out that will touch on Tony Stark’s legacy; it makes sense, given how integral he was to the MCU before Avengers: Endgame.

While both of these projects have a lot of promise, the new series I’m most excited for is Secret Invasion, which will follow Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos as they track down a faction of Skrulls that have been hiding on Earth for years. This was a major storyline in the comics, and I’m excited to see how it’s going to impact the MCU moving forward. Most importantly, a favorite character of mine--Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman--played a huge role in the comic book version, so I’m hoping she’ll be introduced to the on-screen universe here!

There are a few upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy projects on the docket as well, including a series of shorts called I Am Groot and a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special helmed by James Gunn. The former is sure to be adorable, and the latter… well, I don’t really know what to expect from it! It won’t hit until 2022, though, so it’ll be awhile before we find out.

Finally, there’s some interesting big-screen news. Christian Bale has been cast as Gorr the God-Butcher in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder, which ought to be fun. We also got confirmation of a third Ant-Man movie in the works, called Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The Ant-Man movies are always fun, and this one has a little something extra exciting: the villain will be none other than Kang the Conqueror, a time-traveling super-villain who ranks among my favorite comic-book baddies!

Oh, and one last thing? John Watts is helming a Fantastic Four film. Yep, Marvel’s first family is making its triumphant return!

So, which major announcement are you most excited about?

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